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's the latest. melissa harris-perry with the nation. thanks for joining us. >> you can have the last word online at thelastword.msnbc.com. >> thanks for having me on last hour. >>> thanks to you for staying with us for the next hour. this is the u.s. navy ship built in newport news, virginia, in 1969. the uss mount whitney is a big command and control ship which essentially means it can oversee really complex operations that the military is involved in. it was deployed to haiti, for example, in 1994 as the united states played a roll in ousting the military hunta that had taken over that country. remember when john mccain said today we are all georgians, when russia and the nation of georgia were having a war, and john mccain wanted us to start fighting russia alongside the georgians? it was the uss whitney deployed to bring humanitarian aid. it was the first ship to reach that georgia n part it went to. that's considered to be the most advanced command and control ship that the united states has ever floated. it is where the u.s. has been running the libyan war out of. between the admiral and a
. >> good evening, lawrence. >>> thank you at home for staying with us the next hour. in the united states of america, we are used to thinking of ourselves as a super power, as a world leader, as a country capable of throwing our weight around when we feel the need to. that's really only when you take a step back, take sort of a wide historical view that you realize one of the consequences of that self image, that self concept is that we end up feeling that need to throw our weight around quite a lot. we go to war all the time. big wars, little wars, medium sized wars, weird wars, normal wars, wars. america as a country fights a lot of wars. >> the participation of american forces in beirut will again be for a limited period, but i concluded there is no alternative to their returning to lebanon if they have a chance to stand on their feet. grenada was a friendly island paradise for tourism. it was ready to export terror and undermine democracy. we got there just in time. at 7:00 this evening eastern time, air and naval forces of the united states launched a series of strikes against the he
. >> good evening, lawrence. thank you. and thanks to you at home for staying with us. for the next hour there is a ton going on in the world and in the news today. a ton to get to this hour, including the announcement about the war in libya that the obama administration had been promising from the beginning but that many people doubted we would ever hear. we heard it tonight. nato announcing that they will take over the no-fly zone command and control zone responsibilities in libya from the u.s. military. that announcement confirmed by secretary of state hillary clinton in washington tonight. we will have more detail on that coming up in tonight's show, including what this means for the fast-heating-up american politics about this war. that is all coming up. but we begin tonight with an exclusive report. this is something we have been working on for some time. you will not see this anywhere else. all right. do you have an air bag in your car? depending on the age of your car, you probably do. you probably have lots of air bags in your car. you may have one built into your steering wheel
.msnbc.com. >> thanks for having me on last hour. >>> thanks to you for staying with us for the next hour. this is the u.s. navy ship buil 1969. the uss mount whitney is a big command and control ship which essentially means it can oversee relyomexpetis at the mita iinlv i it was deployed to haiti, for example, in 1994 as the united states played a roll in ousting the military hunta that had taken over that country. eoiallia, hen john mccain said a alongside the georgians? it was the uss whitney deployed that georgia n part it went to. that's considered to be the most advanced command and control ship that the united states has ever floated. it is where the u.s. has bn running the libyan war out of. between the admiral and a u.s. army general, this is where they've been running the war in libya from. as of last night, the uss mount whitney we think is not going to be the headquarters for the libyan war. that war effort will now be run by nato. the no-fly zone part of it and the bombing gadhafi's ground troops part of it which they call something like protecting civilians. this ship named after the highest
evening, rachel. >> good evening, lawrence. >>> thank you at home for staying with us the next hour. in the united states of america, we are used to thinking of ourselves as a super power, as a world leader, as a country capable of throwing our weight around when we feel the need to. that's really only when you take a step back, take sort of a wide historical view that you realize one of the consequences of that self image, that self concept is that we end up feeling that need to throw our weight around quite a lot. we go to war all the time. big wars, little wars, medium sized wars, weird wars, normal wars, wars. america as a country fights a lot of wars. >> the participation of american forces in beirut will again be for a limited period, but i concluded there is no alternative to their returning to lebanon if they have a chance to stand on their feet. grenada was a friendly island paradise for tourism. it was ready to export terror and undermine democracy. we got there just in time. at 7:00 this evening eastern time, air and naval forces of the united states launched a series of
good night. >> live in benghazi, we will be joining us tomorrow. thank you for watching. the uss mt. whitney say command and control ship that essentially means it can oversee complex operations that the military is involved in. the uss mt. whitney was deployed to haiti as the u.s. played a role in ousting the military junta that took over the country. remember when john mccain said today we are all georgians? that was when russia and the nation were having a war and john mccain wanted the u.s. to start fighting russia alongside the georgians? during that war it was the uss mt. whitney that was deployed to deliver aid in georgia and the first ship to reach the port that it went to. mt. whitney is considered the most advanced ship that the u.s. has floated. this is where the u.s. has been running the libyan war out of. between the ship's admiral and the u.s. attorney general, this is where the u.s. has been running the war in libya from. as of last night, the uss mt. whitney we think is not going to be the headquarters for the war anymore. that effort will now be run by nato. both th
first the afghanistan worked with military forces on the ground in afghanistan. in lbds, the u.s. is stilg ruling out ground troops. second, in afghanistan, the cia provided weapons to the opposition forces that were there fighting the taliban. so far in libya, the u.s. is not saying we are doing that. the u.s. is not saying we are arming the rebels, but as i understand it, this presidential finding if it has happened would be the kind of instrument that president obama would use to authorize something like arming the rebels. again, i am not totally clear on what the presidential finding would mean if there is one, and since we don't know for a fact there definitely was one, it is hard to say exactly what its terms are. that's one of the things we are going to try to figure out with michael isikoff from nbc in a moment. what we know about the legality of this, presidential findings have been around for decades, presidents using them for covert operations have to notify the top democrat and republican in the house and senate, as well as top democrat and republican on the intellige
with us this hour. we will be joined live from libya in a moment by nbc's richard engel, doing amazing reporting from the war zone there. are we allowed to call it a war zone? let's call it a war zone, while interviewing rebels on the frontlines in libya earlier today. richard and his crew found themselves on the wrong side of what i think was an artillery barrage. that is to say they were not far from it and covering from a safe distance, they were in the middle of it. richard and his crew are fine. we will have that amazing footage for you in a moment and richard will join us live. but put yourself in richard engel's shoes for a moment. if you had the job of being nbc's chief foreign correspondent, and say like him you speak arabic, your special area of expertise is the middle east, it's hard to imagine at this point when you get to come home, isn't it? i mean, the uprisings in tunesia that began four months ago, continued to rickochet, swell through north africa and through the mideast, bahrain, yemen, syria, now libya. as our country tries to get our american heads around not only
, but it is controlled, so it does not produce an explosion. it just generates heat in a controlled way instead. use that heat to essentially boil water. actually, you literally use it to boil water. boiling water makes steam, steam spins a turbine, and that makes electricity. that's the basic idea behind the 40-year-old reactors in japan in so much trouble now. when the reactor is on, in effect, the uranium pellets inside the big 12 foot long fuel rods are involved in a nuclear chain reaction generating heat. when they shut off the reactor in the normal course of events or because of something like an earthquake, they stop that nuclear reaction. now, in order to stop the nuclear reaction to do that, they move a bunch of control rods in among the fuel rods. the control rods stop the nuclear reaction from happening in an orderly way. i don't know if you ever had the chance to develop a photo in a dark room before everything went digital. you know how you put the photo, or may have seen it in a movie, somebody working with an actual -- with actual film and developing chemicals in an actual dark room.
. >> good evening. >>> thanks for joining us this hour. nuclear fuel rods in a reactor like the ones in trouble in japan are about 12 feet long, about 12 feet long. this is 12 feet long, and they are skinny. calling them rods isn't exactly right because they're not solid, they are hollow. this is made of cardboard so i can hold it. can you see it is hollow? it is essentially a big straw. that's what they call these fuel rods. these straus themselves, the real ones, are made of metal, metal called sir cone yum. inside that is uranium. the working part of the reactor, the part that makes it nuclear. when the reactor is working, uranium pellets in the fuel rods are creating fission. they are creating a nuclear reactor to generate heat. the whole point of nuclear power is that you create an environment in which fission happens. a nuclear chain reaction happens, but it is controlled, so it does not produce an explosion. it just generates heat in a controlled way instead. use that heat to essentially boil water. actually, you literally use it to boil water. boiling water makes steam, steam
.msnbc.com. good evening, rachel. >> in the united states of america, we are used to thinking of ourselves as a super power and throwing our weight around when he feel the need to. only when you take a step back and take a wide historical view that you realize one of the consequences of that self concept is that we end up feeing that need to throw our weight around quite a lot. we go to war all the time big wars, little wars, yum wars and wars. america fights a lot of wars. >> the participation will be for a limited period, but i concluded there is no alternative to returning to lebanon if they are to have a chance to stand on their own feet. grenada is a friendly island paradise for tourism. it was a colony getting ready as a bastian to export terror and undermine democracy. we got there just in time. >> at 7:00 eastern time, air forces of the united states launched a series of strikes against the headquarters, terrorists for 70s and military assets that support mo ma gadhafi's activities. >> allied forces began an attack in iraq and kuwait. these attacks continue as i speak. >> let me sa
>>> thanks for joining us this hour. nuclear fuel rods in a react like the ones in trouble in japan are about 12 feet long, about 12 feet long. this is 12 feet long, and they are skinny. calling them rods isn't exactly right because they're not solid, they are hollow. this is made of cardboard so i can hold it. can you see it is hollow? it is essentially a big straw. that's what they call these fuel rods. these straus themselves, the real ones, are made of metal, metal called sir cone yum. inside that is uranium. the working part of the reactor, the part that makes it nuclear. when the reactor is working, uranium pellets in the fuel rods are creating fission. they are creating a nuclear reactor to generate heat. the whole point of nuclear power is that you create an environment in which fission happens. a nuclear chain reaction happens, but it is controlled, so it does not produce an explosion. it just generates heat in a controlled way instead. use that heat to essentially boil water. actually, you literally use it to boil water. boiling water makes steam, steam spins a turbine, an
you for that. >>> thanks to you at home for staying with us this hour. here is what happened at three mile island. one of the reactors at three mile old about half melted down because of human error and technical failures and some bad design. the cooling system at three mile island failed and the water levels inside that reactor fell. that meant that the super hot and radioactive fuel rods inside the reactor were no longer being cooled by water covering them up. and so they started to melt. fuel rods are long, skinny metal tubes with pellets of uranium in them. they are hot. they are also radio actively hot, too. once those things at three mile island were not being cooled by water, once they heated to a couple thousand degrees fahrenheit, the metal tubes holding the pellets started to breakdown. when the temperature got even hotter, the uranium fuel itself started to meltdown. melting fuel rods like that can release a ton of radioactivity. they are radioactive, that is on purpose. that's how they make nuclear power. when they breakdown, they release it into the atmosphere. they also
. sitting in tonight, chris haze. good evening. >> good evening. thank you for staying with us the next hour. rachel has the night off. >>> the nuclear crisis in japan is still volatile tonight. there have been numerous developments today. we'll get to those shortly. we begin with something you should never have to ask, something that should never be a question. are we at war? yes, we are at war in iraq and afghanistan, and maybe sort of in pakistan as well. but are we at war again in another middle eastern country? it is not a provocative rhetorical question, it is one so-called no fly zone over libya and to take all necessary measures to protect civilians under attack. faced with threat from moammar gadhafi of a massacre of his own civilians, united nations approved military action against libya, which is a big fricking deal. for us, for the united nations, for the region. yet what made last night so eery and strange was that this big, historical moment, this commitment by a number of nations to use force, fell into the american political conversation like a pebble into a well. we just com
, lawrence. thank you for that. >>> thanks to you at home for staying with us this hour. we will be joined live from libya in a moment by nbc's richard engel, doing amazing reporting from the war zone there. are we allowed to call it a war zone? let's call it a war zone, while interviewing rebels on the frontlines in libya earlier today. richard and his crew found themselves on the wrong side of what i think was an artillery barrage. that is to say they were not far from it and covering from a safe distance, they were in the middle of it. richard and his crew are fine. we will have that amazing footage for you in a moment and richard will join us live. but put yourself in richard engel's shoes for a moment. if you had the job of being nbc's chief foreign correspondent, and say like him you speak arabic, your special area of expertise is the middle east, it's hard to imagine at this point when you get to come home, isn't it? i mean, the uprisings in tunisia that began four months ago, continued to rickochet, swell through north africa and through the mideast, bahrain, yemen, syria, now liby
have to get out of the way for another show on msnbc. ezra klein, thanks for joining us tonight. >> thank you. >>> you can have the last word at our blog. tomorrow night on the show, i will have an exclusive interview with senate majority leader harry reid. "the rachel maddow show" is up next with more on the crisis in japan. good evening, rachel. >> good evening, lawrence, thanks very much for that. >>> thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. we were looking today for up close footage of the kind of technology and material, the actual physical stuff that is going so wrong now in that japanese nuclear power plant we learned so much about in the last few days. one thing we found in the tape archives, fairly amazing piece of footage from anne thompson from the chief environmental affairs correspondent that aired on nbc nightly news after barack obama was elected president in 2008. check out a little piece of it. what ann is setting up here, what she's talking about, she's setting up discussion about the politics of nuclear power in the united states. but what
abortion? we want to make sure you didn't use the hs health savings account for that. and if you did, you have to prove to us it is because of rape or incest. do you have a receipt and do you have a police report? that's how crazy this is. >> david, we have to go. david corn of mother jones. thank you for joining us. >> thank you, lawrence. >>> you can have the last word online at our blog. follow my tweets at lawrence. "the rachel maddow show" is up next. good evening, rachel. >>> good evening. thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. happy birthday to the arab ç league. on this day in 1945 at the end of world war ii, the arab league was founded in cairo. today, the arab league is part of a coalition of the not so willing that is participating in a military intervention in the arab state of libya. in modern military interventions and wars, there have been a number of coalitions of the not so willing. in george w. bush's iraq war, we used to call it the coalition of the billing, since that was at a high price to taxpayers. what's difference of the coalition
you very much for joining us tonight. >> oh, thanks so much for having me. >> you can have the last word online at our blog, thelastword.msnbc.com and you can follow my tweets at lawrence. the rachel maddow show is up next. good evening, rachel. >> good evening, lawrence. thank you. and thanks to you at home for staying with us this hour. there is breaking news tonight out of washington, dc, as the reuters news agency reports, from what they say are four separate government sources that president obama has authorized covert operations inside libya to help the rebels there. quoting reuters -- indeed the "new york times" then reports tonight that -- now does this mean that the cia is in libya as a pseudo-military force to topple gaddafi the way the cia participated as a pseudo-military force in toppling the taliban and afghanistan back in 2001? "t tesgo o oitwa i rorngonhto y no. first in afghanistan, the cia worked with u.s. military forces on the ground in afghanistan. in libya, the u.s. is still ruling out ground troops. so far in libya, the u.s. is not saying we are doing that. th
and if you did, you have to prove to us it is because of rape or incest. do you have a receipt and do you have a police report? that's how crazy this is. >> david, we have to go. david corn of mother jones. thank you for joining us. >> thank you, lawrence. >>> you can have the last word online at our blog. follow my tweets at lawrence. "the rachel maddow show" is up next. good evening, rachel. >>> good evening. thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. happy birthday to the arab league. on this day in 1945 at the end of world war ii, the arab league was founded in cairo. today, the arab league is part of a coalition of the not so willing that is participating in a military intervention in the arab state of libya. in modern military interventions and wars, there have been a number of coalitions of the not so willing. in george w. bush's iraq war, we used to call it the coalition of the billing, since that was at a high price to taxpayers. what's difference of the coalition of the not-so-willing in libya, the united states is not just taking part in rounding up
. ç >> good evening, lawrence, thank you for that. >>> thanks to you at home for staying with us this hour. here is what happened at three mile island. one of the reactors at three mile old about half melted down because of human error and technical failures and some bad design. the cooling system at three mile island failed and the water levels inside that reactor fell. that meant that the super hot and radioactive fuel rods inside the reactor were no longer being cooled by water covering them up. and so they started to melt. fuel rods are long, skinny metal tubes with pellets of uranium in them. they are hot. they are also radioactively hot, too. once those things at three mile island were not being cooled by water, once they heated to a couple thousand degrees fahrenheit, the metal tubes holding the pellets started to breakdown. when the temperature got even hotter, the uranium fuel itself started to meltdown. melting fuel rods like that can release a ton of radioactivity. they are radioactive, that is on purpose. that's how they make nuclear power. when they breakdown, they r
for joining us. you can have the last word at our blog, follow my tweets at lawrence. rachel has more from the news, breaking news from wisconsin with her special guest tonight, michael moore. good evening, rachel. >> good evening, lawrence. thanks very much. >>> thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. today was already an incredibly crowded day of news. as lawrence mentioned, we have filmmaker michael moore scheduled to be with us tonight. we need to begin with breaking news from madison, wisconsin, which of course has been the center of american news for the past three weeks at least. tonight, the republicans in wisconsin state senate appear to have invented a new nuclear option for passing legislation with no notice, and no quorum, and no debate. they invented that new nuclear option today, and then they detonated it today. after republican governor scott walker admitted yesterday that he would negotiate with democrats on his union stripping bill, after a republican source tells nbc news that the governor said to republicans in the legislature today he was willing t
little tropical place. any lift to the water is going to wipe us out. we are moving to higher ground. >> how far is this higher ground for you? >> caller: well, the island is pretty small. it's not too far to get to higher ground. right now, traffic is bad. we are going to get out as soon as possible. a lot of folks are streaming out. neighbors are saying good-bye. we are doing what we can. we are trying to save what we can. we seem to have some time. we are taking advantage to save the precious memories we have and get out of here. it's our second time doing this. it's hard to believe. >> tell me about the first time. >> caller: the first time didn't happen. it was a no-show. i have a newfound refound refect for being paranoid. i thought i was going to get off the island before it happened. >> are you alluding back to the other earthquake? >> the one that happened in february. >> oh, february, okay. at that time, you were asked to leave the area. >> caller: oh, yeah. >> how many people in your area need to move away from the coast. have they said how far away or how high you need to
to you at home for joining us this hour. we have news ahead on libya where things today did not go the way you might have expected them to go, given the president's speech last night. we've got a heads up on something important happening at the united states supreme court. our newsroom name for it on the staff, sons of citizens united. it is not getting national attention yet, we find it spooky. we also have the wisconsin secretary of state on tonight for the interview, because the union stripping thing in wisconsin we keep hearing is over is not only not over, it is dissolving into chaos at this point. that is coming up in the course of this next hour. >>> but we start tonight with conservatism. what the word conservative means in america now. the choice, the conservative movement, and the republican party have to make between being authoritarian conservatives or libertarian conservatives. do american conservatives favor big, intrusive government, or do they favor small, leave me alone government. if you ask them, if you ask just about anybody that identifies as a conservative, no
. you can also follow us on facebook and follow me at lawrence on twitter. "the rachel maddow show" up next. good evening, rachel. >> good evening, lawrence. >>> thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. this right here? this is not a pipe. that's what it says there. this is not a pipe. and this over here? this is not about unions. got it? this is not a pipe, and this is not at all about stripping unions. governor scott walker of wisconsin got all crazy modern art on everyone today when he gave his by enyal budget address at the state capitol. an address for which he had to lockdown the capitol building and keep out thousands of protesters. you never would have known it from governor walker's speak. from his this is not a pipe of performance at that speech. for 15 days, wisconsinites by tens of thousands have been up in arms in protest against their governor's attempt to strip that state's union. looks like governor walker dramatically miscalculated when he picked this fight. also looks like the national republican party under the leadership of the guy that used to b
covert u.s. government support for rebel leaders. >> the new york times reports small groups of operatives have been working in libya for several weeks. the unknown number of american officers according to times gathering intelligence for air strikes and making contact with rebels. now, does this mean that the cia is in libya as a pseudo military force to topple gadhafi the way the cia participated as a pseudo military force in toppling the taliban in afghanistan back in 2001? the times goes out of its way and is reporting to say no. first the afghanistan worked with military forces on the ground in afghanistan. in libya, the u.s. is still ruling out ground troops. second, in afghanistan, the cia provided weapons to the opposition forces that were there fighting the taliban. so far in libya, the u.s. is not saying we are doing that. the u.s. is not saying we are arming the rebels, but as i understand it, this presidential finding, if it has happened, would be the kind of instrument that president obama would use to authorize something like arming the rebels. again, i am not t
to you at home for staying with us for the next hour as well. the u.s. handed over military operations in libya to nato today, sort of. the president of yemen offered to step down today, sort of. the government of canada was toled today, srt f, and pastte ecuin much larger area around the busted nuclear reactors today, sort of. it was a day of huge headlines, with equally huge devils in the details of all of these big stories. but we're going to start with u.s. politics, where we don't really do details. we tend to like things blunt and simple. case in point. there is a magic word in washington politics. the well earned common wisdom about this word is that if you attach this special magic word to a proposal to something the government could spend money on, doesn't matter how bad an idea it is, how many smart people think it is a stupid thing, if it has this magic word attached to it, it becomes politically invincible, can't be killed. the magic word is defense. and it is well earned common wisdom in washington that any spending that is labeled "defense" is pretty much untouchable spen
brothers influence do they have in wisconsin. >> thanks for joining us for the next hour. >>> when it became clear that john mccain and sarah palin were a bad choice for the republican presidential ticket in 2008, when it started to become clear that barack obama and joe biden were going to win that election and probably win pretty big, right before that election took place something kind of weird started happening in presidential politics. the tactics of what had always been the political fringe, the kind of stuff that hecklers, the fringe stuff started to be voiced by at least one of the candidates themselves. although it felt weird at the time, i don't think it was by accident. i don't think it was even unpredictable. at the time we were reporting on this turn in presidential politics. this is right before the '08 election. we said on the air on the show that what was happening should be considered a new law in american political science. >> i here by submit the locker it is clear that liberals and democrats win an election, longer it is clear that liberals or democrats win an a
at home for staying with us for the next hour. when it became clear that and sarah palin were a bad choice for the republican presidential ticket in 2008, it's starting to become clear that barack obama and joe biden were going to win the election and probably win big, right before that election took place, something kind of weird started happening in presidential politics. the tactic of the political fringe and the kind of stuff hecklers scream, that stuff started getting voiced by at least one of the candidates themselves. it felt weird at the time, i don't think it was by accident. i don't think it was unpredictable. at the time we were reporting on this turn in presidential politics before the '08 election, we said on this show what was happening should be considered a new law in american political science. i here by submit that the longer it's clear that liberals or democrats win an election or liberals or democrats win an argument, the more likely it becomes that someone is going to get called a commy. socialist. pinko comrade five-year planner. >> it's taking more from a small busin
traveled and he did not meet us. >> talat hamdani, thank you very much for joining us. your suffering is unimaginable. we greatly appreciate you coming in to discuss this. russell simmons, thank you also for joining us. "the rachel maddow show" is up next. we are out of time here. good evening, rachel. >> good evening, lawrence. thanks for that. that was an incredibly powerful interview. thanks for doing that. have a good weekend. >>> nuclear power is a very, very expensive way of boiling water. instead of a nuclear fission causing a nuclear explosion, the power plants control the chain reaction, channel the energy of what would be a mushroom cloud instead into heat, a massive amount of heat, and we use that heat to boil water. that's what a nuclear power plant does. they boil water. the water makes steam, the steam spins turbines, and the spinning turbines make electricity. it is a logical process, but it has two problems. first, even when used as directed, making power this way produces nuclear waste. radioactive dangerous waste that can in some cases be turned into the raw material
to you at home for staying with us this hour. here is what happened at three mile island. one of the reactors at three mile old about half melted down because of human error and technical failures and some bad design. the cooling system at three mile island failed and the water levels inside that reactor fell. that meant that the super hot and radioactive fuel rods inside the reactor were no longer being cooled by water covering them up. and so they started to melt. fuel rods are long, skinny metal tubes with pellets of uranium in them. they are hot. they are also radio actively hot, too. once those things at three mile island were not being cooled by water, once they heated to a couple thousand degrees fahrenhehd, the metal tubes holding the pellets started to breakdown. when the temperature got even hotter, the uranium fuel itself started to meltdown. melting fuel rods like that can release a ton of radioactivity. they are radioactive, that is on purpose. that's how they make nuclear power. when they breakdown, they release it into the atmosphere. they also release hydrogen
at a variety of venues, including on kathygriffin.com. thanks for joining us. you can have the last word at our blog, follow my tweets at lawrence. rachel has more from the news, breaking news from wisconsin with her special guest tonight, michael moore. good evening, rachel. >> good evening, lawrence. thanks very much. >>> thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. today was already an incredibly crowded day of news. as lawrence mentioned, we have filmmaker michael moore scheduled to be with us tonight. we need to begin with breaking news from madison, wisconsin, which of course has been the center of american news for the past three weeks at least. tonight, the republicans in wisconsin state senate appear to have invented a new nuclear option for passing legislation with no notice, and no quorum, and no debate. they invented that new nuclear option today, and then they detonated it today. after republican governor scott walker admitted yesterday that he would negotiate with democrats on his union stripping bill, after a republican source tells nbc news that the governor said
, including on kathygriffin.com. thanks for joining us. you can have the last word at our blog, follow my tweets at lawrence. rachel has more from the news, breaking news from wisconsin with her special guest tonight, michael moore. good evening, rachel. >> good evening, lawrence. thanks very much. >>> thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. today was already an incredibly crowded day of news. as lawrence mentioned, we have filmmaker michael moore scheduled to be with us tonight. we need to begin with breaking news from madison, wisconsin, which of course has been the center of american news for the past three weeks at least. tonight, the republicans in wisconsin state senate appear to have invented a new nuclear option for passing legislation with no notice, and no quorum, and no debate. they invented that new nuclear option today, and then they detonated it today. after republican governor scott walker admitted yesterday that he would negotiate with democrats on his union-stripping bill, after a republican source tells nbc news that the governor said to republicans
very much for this. >> sure. >>> you can have the last word online at our blog. you can also follow us on facebook and follow me at lawrence on twitter. "the rachel maddow show" up next. good evening, rachel. >> good evening, lawrence. >>> thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. this right here? this is not a pipe. that's what it says there. this is not a pipe. and this over here? this is not about unions. got it? this is not a pipe, and this is not at all about stripping unions. governor scott walker of wisconsin got all crazy modern art on everyone today when he gave his by enyal budget address at the state capitol. an address for which he had to lockdown the capitol building and keep out thousands of protesters. you never would have known it from governor walker's speak. from his this is not a pipe of performance at that speech. for 15 days, wisconsinites by tens of thousands have been up in arms in protest against their governor's attempt to strip that state's union. looks like governor walker dramatically miscalculated when he picked this fight. also looks lik
, thanks for joining us. >> thanks. >> good luck with the premier. >>> you can have the last word online at our blog. "the rachel maddow show" is up next. good evening, rachel. >> lawrence, i am so turning you in for saying you're going to skip lockup. >> don't. it is my secret. that's my secret. >> i will see if i can get you excused. thank you, lawrence. and thank you at home for staying with us the next hour. if you were king for the day, if you got to make the decisions in this country and wanted to bring down the deficit, would you raise taxes on people making more than a million dollars a year? would you let the bush tax cuts expire for the richest people in the country? would you get rid of the subsidies, tax breaks for oil and gas companies? would you do all those things? really, are you that liberal that you would do all those things? if you are that liberal that you would do all of those things, then you are an average american. the support for these policies, look at this. the support for these policies is the support you get for the contention that puppies are cute. 81% of th
at our blog. you can also follow us on facebook and follow me at lawrence on twitter. "the rachel maddow show" up next. good evening, rachel. >> good evening, lawrence. >>> thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. this right here? this is not a pipe. that's what it says there. this is not a pipe. and this over here? this is not about unions. got it? this is not a pipe, and this is not at all about stripping unions. governor scott walker of wisconsin got all crazy modern art on everyone today when he gave his biennial budget address at the state capitol in wisconsin. an address for which he had to literally lockdown the capitol building and keep out thousands of protesters. you never would have known it from governor walker's speech. from his this is not a pipe of performance at that speech. for 15 days, wisconsinites by tens of thousands have been up in arms in protest against their governor's attempt to strip that state's union. looks like governor walker dramatically miscalculated when he picked this fight. also looks like the national republican party under the lea
in television. i have to skip lockup this week. andy cohen, thanks for joining us. >> thanks. >> good luck with the premier. >>> you can have the last word online at our blog. "the rachel maddow show" is up next. good evening, rachel. >> lawrence, i am so turning you in for saying you're going to skip lockup. >> don't. it is my secret. that's my secret. >> i will see if i can get you excused. thank you, lawrence. and thank you at home for staying with us the next hour. if you were king for the day, if you got to make the decisions in this country and wanted to bring down the deficit, would you raise taxes on people making more than a million dollars a year? would you let the bush tax cuts expire for the richest people in the country? would you get rid of the subsidies, tax breaks for oil and gas companies? would you do all those things? really, are you that liberal that you would do all those things? if you are that liberal that you would do all of those things, then you are an average american. the support for these policies, look at this. the support for these policies is the support you
by the constitution, free to join a union if you want to. to the extent the government can be used to limit that right of yours, republicans in wisconsin and in ohio and in indiana and new hampshire and florida and tennessee and oklahoma and nebraska, republican governors and legislators in all these states all over the country are stretching the power of government to try to end that right of yours. a history professor at the university of wisconsin published a long study guide online earlier this month, looking at what might explain this policy push not just in wisconsin but in all these other states all at once. the professor's name is william cronon. he is not only not a liberal activist, he is no shlub. president-elect of the american historical association, mccarthy genius award winner. one of the most distinguished professors in the united states of america. but after he wrote this academic piece online about conservative groups using model legislation to push certain policies in the state, the republican party of the state of wisconsin filed an open records request demanding to read professor
to you as well for staying with us for the last hour. no mugs for you. we should sell them. maybe we do. anyway, the first time that a catholic was on a presidential ticket in the united states of america, that was 1928. al smith, democratic party. the first time that a woman was on a presidential ticket, that was 1984. geraldine ferraro. also democratic party. the first time that a jewish person was on a presidential ticket in america was the year 2000. it was joe lieberman. also the democratic party. the first time that an african-american was on a presidential ticket was in 2008. barack obama, democratic party. out of all those pioneering presidential tickets that the democratic party has put forward, barack obama is the only one whose ticket won. and in january 2009 america inaugurated our first ever african-american president. against that historic acheemt what got less noticed was how badly the republican party got beat in that election and in the election before it. in 2006 and 2008 together the republican party lost 54 seats in the house. they lost 14 seats in the senate. and of
and this is what we need to focus on in the future. >> thank you very much for joining us tonight. we've run out of time because we had so much to do on the breaking news from wisconsin. imam feisal abdul rauf, thank you again for coming in. >> thank you, lawrence, for having me. >> you can have "the last word" online at our blog thelastword.msnbc.com. you can follow my tweets. good evening, rachel. >> good evening, lawrence. thanks very much for that. and thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. this is a special report. we're doing sort of a special show tonight about what is going on in state politics in the united states. we're doing this as a special report, i will admit, in part to try to put a spotlight on this because the beltway media really hasn't caught on to what's happening. the democratic party's base, particularly in the midwest, they have figured it out. the media in some parts of the rest of the country i think so far have not figured it out. and so tonight we're going to try to connect some of these dots. what you're looking at here is not wis
as well for staying with us for the last hour. no mugs for you. we should sell them. maybe we do. anyway, the first time that a catholic was on a presidential ticket in the united states of america, that was 1928. al smith, democratic party. the first time that a woman was on a presidential ticket, that was 1984. geraldine ferraro. also democratic party. the first time that a jewish person was on a presidential ticket in america was the year 2000. it was joe lieberman. also the democratic party. the first time that an african-american was on a presidential ticket was in 2008. barack obama, democratic party. out of all those pioneering presidential tickets that the democratic party has put forward, barack obama is the only one whose ticket won. and in january 2009 america inaugurated our first ever african-american president. against that historic achievement what got less noticed was how badly the republican party got beat in that election and in the election before it. in 2006 and 2008 together the republican party lost 54 seats in the house. they lost 14 seats in the senate. and of cou
to follow it all from here in japan. i'm chris jansing. thanks for joining us. i'll see you tomorrow more "jansing & company" on msnbc. good night. >>> we were looking today for up close footage of the kind of technology and material, the actual physical stuff that is going so wrong right now that is going so wrong now in that japanese nuclear power plant we learned so much about in the last few days. one thing we found in the tape archives, fairly amazing piece of footage from anne thompson from the chief environmental affairs correspondent that aired on "nbc nightly news" right after barack obama was elected president in 2008. i want you to check out a little piece of it. what ann is setting up here, what she's talking about, she's setting up a discussion about the politics of nuclear power in the united states. but what i want you to focus on is what she is showing as she is setting this up. watch. >> this is a rare look at an assembly line of what some see as america's energy future, the components of nuclear power. tiny uranium pellets fill 12-foot-long rods. bundled together, they b
word online. you can also follow us on facebook and follow me on twitter. the rachel maddow show is up next with why an economist who revised republicans said the gop's budget plan would cause huge job losses. >> thanks very much for that. if you are a person who uses e-mail on a regular to somewhat regular basis, at some point you received an e-mail from somebody claiming to have really, really really amazing news for you. you are in line to receive millions of dollars. all you have to do to claim the untold millions of dollars is to wire the author of the e-mail a large sum of money. huh one of these, right? wire a person a few hundred bucks and your millions will be on the way soon. they often arrive from a sender claiming to be a nigerian prince or something. i nigerian prince e-mail scam thing is not only one of the greatest things to come out of e-mail, but set the standard for the frantic disjointed i need your money right now e-mail genre. as of today, that genre has a new addition from the world of politics. as i write you now, the fat cat labor bosses are busy scrapping toget
the last word online at our blog, the last word at msnbc.com. you can also follow us on facebook and follow me at lawrence on twitter. "the rachel maddow show" is up next with why an economist who advised republicans in the last election now says the gop's budget plan would cause huge job losses. good evening, rachel. >> good evening, thank you very much for that. and thanks to you at home for staying with us the next hour. if you are a person that uses e-mail, you have probably received an e-mail about winning millions of dollars. all you have to do to claim these millions of dollars is to wire the author of the e-mail a large sum of money. you've had one of these, right? wire the person a few hundred bucks and your millions will be on the way very soon. these e-mails often arrive from a sender claiming to be like a nigerian prince or something. the nigerian prince e-mail scam thing is not only one of the greatest things to come out of the e-mail age, it set the standard for the whole frantic disjointed i need your money right now e-mail genre. as of today, it has a new addition from the w
get through. jamie rubin, formerly of the state department, thank you very much for joining us tonight. you can have "the last word" online at our blog thelastword.msnbc.com. you can follow my tweets at laurence. join me again at 11:00 tonight for a live edition of "the last word." "the rachel maddow show" is up next. good evening, rachel. >> good evening, lawrence. thank you for nap and thanks to you at home for staying with us. we've got a big update for you this hour on what is going on in democratic politics, where the fight in the states is changing the whole landscape for democrats nationally, changing it in their favor. and we've got the latest on libya, where gadhafi is trying to use definitive military force to stop the uprising against him and the international community, including the united states today, moving for the first time to intervene to stop him. are you ready for yet another war in the middle east? well, we've got updates on all of that ahead in this hour. but we start with japan, where i do actually have some good news to give you. or at least some potent
. have a wonderful weekend. thanks to you at home for staying with us the next hour. it is friday, march 4th. that means that today is the 13 this straight day in which the lead story in the country has been the great republican overreach of 2011. the republican party's disastrous decision to pick a fight in the midwest that they cannot win and that has had the counterproductive side effect for them of reminding the democratic party for the first time in maybe a generation that the democratic party actually has a base. and that base might need some attention. it is a base that is numerically much larger than the corporate base of the republican party. it is a base that is made up of people that work for a living. the republicans' decision to attack that basin the midwest has not only inspired democrats in the states to stand up for people that work for a living, it reminded the economic party as a whole that the democratic party has peeps. that people have to work for a living are the reason the democratic party exists in the first place. the republican party is not only losing this figh
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